Pure unbridled passion and drive are the fire inside Michael S. Rodriguez. His personal inferno fuels this ambition. While many have tried to extinguish his dream, repeatedly he perseveres, and he does so on his own terms. This photographer turned filmmaker is taking control, and he’s got something to say.
As I wrote in my review after seeing the documentary, DE PALMA (2015), there is nothing like the undeniable, unbridled, unmitigated joy of sitting ‘at the feet’ of a true master who tells everything like it is, with no fucks left to give. No one to please, appease or be wary of, in the dysfunctional, codependent relationship between an artist trying to do his thing and the financiers who make it possible, conditionally speaking. I was...
James Bickert is that brilliant powerhouse who inadvertently created his own brand of drive-in bikersploitation. And the look, feel and tone are unmistakable. With films like DEAR GOD NO! (2011) and FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS (2016) he’s captured the minds and hearts of independent film fans and critics alike.
Known for his graphic and disturbing horror films, ROT (1999), FELL (2010), 100 TEARS (2007), and AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK (2015), plus close to 100 SFX credits in films that span about two decades, award-winning SFX artist, owner of Oddtopsy FX and director, Marcus Koch thrives on his continuous and rewarding work. Meticulous and painstakingly accurate with his prosthetics and appliances, Marcus Koch welcomes new challenges and is both an authority on SFX and master of his craft.
Kicking down boundaries and pushing us to our limits is all in a day’s work for maverick author, producer, director and businessman Stephen Biro. If you recognize titles like GINI PIGGU (1985), PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE (2008), AFTERMATH (1994), 1-ICHI (2003), RUBBER’S LOVER (1996), SLAUGHTERED VOMIT DOLLS (2006) or FRANKENHOOKER (1990), you can thank Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films for getting them to you. Stephen is also the powerhouse behind the now iconic AMERICAN GUINEA PIG films.
Producer, director, writer and actor Stephen Wozniak of Inevitable Film Group is the very definition of duality when he steps into a role. He vacillates between light and darkness like a hypnotic ping pong ball to play each part convincingly and with conviction. And when it comes to horror, this chameleon-actor is as gritty as they come
Actor, director and writer, Conor Sweeney, is twenty percent of the eighties-throwback powerhouse filmmaking team, Astron-6. His mad scientist-style, brilliant co-creators are Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.
Buddy Giovinazzo believes in the truth. Sometimes the world is a stark, filthy place and his films explore the brutal underbelly of humanity with a jarring dose or realism. He has immersed himself in the culture of New York City and emerged with story after dank, sordid story screaming to be told. Whether by film, book, or television show, Buddy’s message is clear. The human race needs to run for its life.
It’s the dream of every independent filmmaker. Be an auteur and make the film that matches your initial vision, then be rewarded for your efforts. Make it big and change the face of the genre. Eduardo Sánchez did just that, with his film THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999), which is lauded as one of the most successful independent films of all time, banking over $248,000,000 worldwide. The film also let to a mass appreciation for the found footage sub-genre. With films like ALTERED (2006), LOVELY MOLLY (2011) and EXISTS (2014), Eduardo continues to make his mark with new approaches to the genre.
Filmmaker, Nick Iway is an introspective man with a $40,000.00 story burning inside him. Call it a societal warning, but this harbinger of doom forebodes that to even take heed would be futile. Beneath the Underground is fortunate to speak with this artist about his origins and path to his “reflection of the human spirit”… ANDROGYNYM (2016).